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Broad General Education
The Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) is Scotland’s education framework for ALL learners; its main aim is to enable children and young people to develop the four capacities; successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens and effective contributors. In Orchard Brae School each learner is enabled to become as independent as possible, developing skills for life, learning, leisure and where appropriate work. Our curriculum offer is personalised to each pupil throughout their learning journey, as we maintain a focus on positive future destinations.
Our learners in P1 – S3 work within Broad General Education (BGE) at a level and pace that is suited to their individualised needs. Personalised targets focus core skill development within Literacy and Communication, Numeracy and Health and Well Being. The ethos and life of the school community is structured to enable pupils to learn and practise life skills as part of their daily routines. Through interdisciplinary approaches and specialist courses, we offer real life learning contexts, deepening and practicing knowledge and skills within Expressive Arts, RME, Science, PE, Technologies and Social Studies. Interdisciplinary learning, through ‘Our world’ contexts over a 5 year cycle, facilitates pupils’ exploration, experience and learning which is practiced within community contexts, ensuring confidence and success is generalised and secure. Family learning is a vital part of our pupils’ success and, along with our termly learning challenges, we offer a range of workshops, activity nights and holiday schemes for families. Achievement and success is recognised and celebrated.
Children in Room 11 have been having lots of fun celebrating the festive season.
They have been engaging in a range of the activities such as fun messy play, painting, making a full size Santa and listening to Christmas stories. We have also been decorating Christmas tree, creating cosy classroom by putting lights up on the walls. The children have been loving listening to Christmas songs and dancing to them!
Today we have another festive treat for you with days 9 and 10 of our Orchard Brae Advent Calendar.
For Day 9, Room 12 take you on a magical sleigh ride, accompanied by classical music from Troika. Everyone had lots of fun creating their journey after lots of hard work practising every day in school.
For Day 10, Room 7 undertake a fantastic sensory exploration of snow.
Welcome to the Orchard Brae Advent Calendar. Everyone throughout the school has had great fun creating these videos and we hope that you enjoy them and they help to bring you some festive cheer in the countdown to Christmas!
For Day 1, Howes Road AM Nursery perform ‘Twinkle Twinkle’ from their Nativity show.
For Day 2, Room 2 bring you ‘Gingerbread Men Attention’ featuring some very snazzy outfits they made themselves.
Room 6 have a “story of the month” which we listen to after lunch. Last month’s story was The Gruffalo. Here we are colouring our Gruffalos, cutting them out and showing them to each other!
Get Well Soon!
We made “Hope you’re feeling better” cards for a special friend. We collected things at Outdoor Education and then chose what we wanted to put on our pictures. Then we wrote our names on our pictures and sent them to her.
Room 10 have been busy investigating measurement using different materials.
We used connecting blocks and joined them together to see who make the tallest group of blocks and worked collaboratively to create the longest group.
We also took maths out into the playground, measuring the length of lines using leaves and other materials and comparing our heights to the width of the path. There was also an impromptu lesson on volume and capacity as we watched the dumper truck put a tonne of sand into our sandpit!